Heriot Toun in winter

'Kirsty' Loch Fyne Skiff, built 1921by John Fyfe at Ardmaleish Boatyard, Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute.

Kirsty's 100th birthday is coming up in 2021...  Watch this space!

Some facts and data on our wooden boat 'Kirsty. Owned and cared for by ourselves - Pat and Andy Law since 1997, Kirsty is the hub and catalyst of many of Pat's arts projects.

A bit of history...

The Loch Fyne skiff was the last evolutionary stage in the era of sailing boats in the Clyde area, prior to the advent of motorisation in the first decades of the twentieth century. Based on the lines of these fishing vessels, Kirsty was built in 1921 on the island of Bute to the designs of her original owner David Mowat who wanted a rugged no-nonsense family cruising boat in which to cruise the Western isles. Sturdy construction of pitch pine on grown oak frames combines with a graceful sheer sweeping upwards to the high stern so typical of the skiffs. The result is a comfortable seakindly boat especially suited to our northern waters. She is 37 ft. long plus bowsprit, is a gaff rigged ketch and weighs 15 tonnes.

Down below is a cosy wooden clad saloon with a solid fuel stove and ample stowage, perfect for coorying-in on dreich days. A spacious and delightful foc'sle sleeps two on comfy bunks.

Kirsty remained in Scotland until 1955 when she was sold to a flight lieutenant in the Royal Airforce and moved to the south of England, we brought her back from Falmouth to the Oban area in 1997.

When we bought Kirsty we inherited a box of historical goodies thanks to her past owners who carefully kept the register of owners, magazine and newspaper clippings, letters, bill of sales and photographs that were associated with the boat. 

Included is a letter written by an elderly lady (Jean Hunter) and one of the family of Fyfes who owned the boatyard where Kirsty was built. She wrote the letter to the owners in the eighties - Peter and Fran Flutter - from a nursing home in Bute, reminiscing about the days when Kirsty was under construction. She watched the launch in 1921 and was aboard during her maiden voyage. When Fran and Peter Flutter (who lived aboard Kirsty for 25 years) sailed to Bute to visit the boatyard in the 80's, Jean Hunter was sadly unaware of this event and never saw the boat again. However, I'm sure she would be pleased to hear that Kirsty is still well cared for and back sailing in home waters.

Only a few L. Fyne skiffs survive today.

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